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About Loha Pol

Meherangarh Fort was the residence of the erstwhile rulers of Jodhpur state, and that demanded the highest degree of security. The fort had seven entrances, and the Loha Pol or the iron gate was the fourth among them. Not only that, it was the heaviest gate of them all, and some consider it to be the main entrance. As this entrance was closer to the palaces where the royal family lived, it had to be the strongest to keep the enemies away. The gate is designed thoughtfully with a sharp with a right-angled with sharp metal spikes so that enemy elephants could not charge inside easily. What makes this gate even interesting, are the small vermillion hand prints of the queens who performed sati after their husbands died. They jumped into the funeral pyre or performed an act of self-immolation. Maharaja Man Sing’s widows committed mass suicide in 1843, and that is thought to be the last sati performed by the queens in this royal family.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family, Couple
  • Entry Fee Local Tourist: INR 20 Foreign Tourist: INR 250
  • Closed On Saturdays
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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